There’s nothing quite like a South Australian summer. Long days at the beach, followed by balmy nights relaxing on the backyard deck. But when you’re inside, opening the windows just does not suffice in the heat.
But with those week-long stints of 40+ degrees, it’s important to keep an eye on your air conditioning usage. Your power bill can rise faster than the temperature outside, if you’re not careful.
Maintain a constant temperature.
When you’ve just walked in the door, it’s tempting to adjust the thermostat to like, 10 degrees, to quickly cool your house. But you’ll see the difference in your electricity consumption. The harder your system has to work, the more electricity it consumes. Keep the temperature set to 24° – 25°, no matter how hot it is outside.
Check the room size you’re cooling.
As a general rule, an air conditioner should have at least 80 watts of output per square metre of room (that you want to cool). If a room is larger than the system’s designed for, it’s going to be less effective at controlling the temperature. Even though the control might say it’s set to cool to 24°, the room is actually 28°.
For example, a 3.0m x 3.0m = 9m2 requires a 2.5KW(C)/3.2KW(H) system.
A 5.5m x 5.5m = 30m2 needs a 3.5kw(C)/3.7KW(H) – 5.0KW(C)/6.0KW(H) system. And for room sized 7.7m x 7.7m = 55m2, it’ll need a system that’s sized in between 8.0KW(C)/9.0KW(H) – 9.2KW(C)/10.0KW(H).
If you’re unsure whether your system is suitable for the room size, hire a professional to check it. While your air conditioning specialist is there, they can make sure your system isn’t working overtime to keep you cool. Do this at the start of every season.
Know your electricity rates.
What electricity provider are you with? There’s plenty of companies out there, so make it a habit of always exploring your options. Every three months, conduct a competitor analysis by calling around to learn about their offerings. In South Australia, we pay a high price for energy, so it’s important to look around and find the best deal. This means understanding electricity discounts and how they impact your overall costs.
If you’re looking for a local air conditioning team in the Adelaide Hills, call us. We know what you need: experienced, affordable and friendly cooling technicians who arrive on time and can save you money.